How to Approach a Writing Marathon

National Novel Writing Month is coming!

It's less than two weeks away when I write this post, and I'm in a slight panic. My characters aren't fully developed, my snack drawer is depleted, and life is happening, darn it!

On a more positive note, I do have a plot and a timeline sketched out, and I do have a pretty good working knowledge of the basics of what makes my main characters tick. But

NaNoWriMo is coming up fast...

This is my first NaNo, and while I have written one first draft in less than a month, somehow the pressure of having my words actually count towards progress is a huge deal for me. Add in some personal life upheaval and the whole thing has become a bit daunting.

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I have two coping mechanisms for allaying my pre-NaNo jitters.

One, I've scheduled time every day to sit and work on my writing. Whether I'm doing character development, or working on the draft of my fantasy series, every afternoon is dedicated to writing. Music on, Google docs up, manuscript binder open; I am closed off to my surroundings and working on my books.

Two. When I'm really feeling there there is no way on Earth that I can possibly accomplish this, I hop over to the NaNo website and check out peptalks like this one from Briana Way.


*This post originally appeared on one of my old blogs, on Oct. 21, 2016. I will be moving the blog posts over there to sagewolfsong.com gradually.*

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